February 2, 2014 by Leanne Vogel November 5, 2018
Gluten-free and paleo donuts cut like sandwiches filled with dairy-free vanilla custard and topped with melted dark chocolate.
Traditionally, Boston Cream Donuts are yeast-risen donuts with custard in the middle. They’re fried, they’re glutenous and packed with sugar.
I’ve seen a couple of grain-free and paleo Boston Cream Donuts out there but when I saw sandwich-like versions in Ashley McLaughlin’s Cookbook, Baked Doughnuts for Everyone, I was intrigued.
Baked Doughnuts for Everyone has 101 doughnut recipes, all completely gluten-free! A cookbook that allows you to make doughnuts in the comfort of your own kitchen without fussing over a fryer. All you need is a doughnut pan, a mixing bowl, and the same ingredients that you use in my recipes.
I used a combination of two recipes in the Baked Doughnuts for Everyone Cookbook as inspiration for this recipe. The concept, was inspired by Ashley’s gluten-free Boston Cream Doughnuts recipe (page 29) and the grain-free doughnut dough is directly from the “Healthed-up Hits” section (page 143) — a chapter in the book filled with lighter and healthier doughnut recipes.
There are some very unique flavor combinations and savory donut recipes in this cookbook. Key Lime Pie, Apple Fritter, Jalapeno Cheddar… crazy! But my heart will always be with the Boston Cream.
Growing up, there was this Texas donut shop down the street. You know, those bakeries that make donuts as big as your face? Or… bigger? They had Texas donut-sized Boston Creams. I’ve never eaten such a large beast of a sugary treat in my life. Crazy thing is? I went there once a week!
Pretty sure that’s what contributed to my sensitivity to gluten, right there. System overload!
But these little gems won’t overload your system.
They’re a perfect size, they’re grain-free, as whole food as you can get (it’s still a donut) and hey, there isn’t any yucky sugar in the recipe, either.
I used Fairtrade dairy-free chocolate chips from Camino for this recipe. The higher the quality of chocolate, the shinier your chocolate topping will be!
I shared mine… now it’s time to share yours! What is your favorite childhood donut memory?
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.